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I miss Dick Cheney

I miss Dick Cheney

Thursday night former Vice President Dick Cheney held a fundraiser at his home in Jackson, WY, for Mitt Romney. During his remarks, Cheney stressed Romney’s ability to handle the foreign-policy decisions that a commander-in-chief faces, while Romney cautioned that Obama’s foreign-policy mistakes may have even longer lasting implications than his domestic ones. Dick Cheney said:

When I think about the kind of individual I want in the Oval Office in that moment of crisis, who has to make those key decisions, some of them life-and-death decisions, some of them decisions as commander-in-chief, who has the responsibility for sending some of our young men and women into harm’s way, that man is Mitt Romney.

As reports have surfaced that Romney is vetting former Bush Administration official Condoleezza Rice for his VP spot, the way the left (and the right) will react to the “Bush connection” is beginning to be seen.

The liberals/media had quite a reaction to rumors that there was a ban on pictures of Romney with Cheney at the event:

Washington Post:

When Romney arrived at the Teton Pines Country Club for a late-afternoon reception, he was spotted shaking Cheney’s hand and giving Lynne Cheney a kiss on the cheek. But campaign aides quickly escorted reporters who were watching the exchange out of view.

Huffington Post:

While Romney avoided mentioning the former president in remarks that were open to the press, he invoked Bush in a question-and-answer session with donors at a private dinner at Cheney’s home. In remarks overheard by reporters standing outside the clubhouse, Romney contrasted what he called “President George W. Bush’s freedom agenda” with President Barack Obama.

This is part of their fear that Romney may be building a major strength in foreign policy, whereas Obama has essentially no foreign policy, with blunder after blunder under his belt. From an international bowing tour to foreign leaders, humiliating Israel’s Netanyahu, Libya, just to name a few, Obama will have to sing the bin Laden refrain over and over in order to convince middle America he’s been holding down the fort.

In May, The Nation reflected on Romney’s Bushesque War Cabinet:

Romney is loath to mention Bush on the campaign trail, for obvious reasons, but today they sound like ideological soul mates on foreign policy.

With whispers of Condoleezza Rice for VP and fundraisers with Cheney invoke the familiar anti-Bush backlash, we are getting a taste of what one campaign season could include.

With all that, I miss Dick Cheney. Can you imagine Cheney v. Biden debate?


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Professor, remember this from the 04 VP Debate.

“…CHENEY: I want to go back to the last comment, and then I’ll come back to Israel-Palestine. The reason they keep trying to attack Halliburton is because they want to obscure their own record. And Senator, frankly, you have a record in the Senate that’s not very distinguished. You’ve missed 33 out of 36 meetings of the Judiciary Committee, almost 70 percent of the meetings of the Intelligence Committee. You’ve missed a lot of key votes on tax policy, on energy, on Medicare reform. You’re hometown newspaper has taken to calling you “Senator Gone.” You’ve got one of the worst attendance records in the United States Senate.
Now, in my capacity as Vice President, I am the President of the Senate, the presiding officer. I’m up in the Senate most Tuesdays when they’re in session. The first time I ever met you was when you walked on the stage tonight….”

I would pay good money to see Biden slapped by Cheney on a stage!

I miss Dick Cheney

I don’t miss the foreign-“policy” Cheney. He may well deserve a share of the credit for our emerging domestic energy production, which seems so strong that maybe even Obama can’t find pretexts to stop it.

That Obama is a disaster does not absolve Bush from being a failure.

An important election is not the time to squabble about dirty laundry, but it’s also not an occasion to whitewash history.

NB: Although I disagree with Anne about Cheney, I don’t think she wants to whitewash history. Unfortunately, some other people do.

    logos in reply to gs. | July 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    “Although I disagree with Anne about Cheney, I don’t think she wants to whitewash history.”

    How patronizing.

      gs in reply to logos. | July 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      “Although I disagree with Anne about Cheney, I don’t think she wants to whitewash history.”

      How patronizing.

      I went out of my way to indicate that my disagreement with Anne does not disrespect her. You went out of your way to inject rancor into the situation.

Anne, I miss Dick Cheny, too.

Obama has a foreign policy. He told Putin that he would talk about it after the election.

“Can you imagine Cheney v. Biden debate?”

Actually, I can’t.

I can imagine Cheney’s side, but I can’t imagine something as stupid as Biden is/would be. 🙁

holmes tuttle | July 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I don’t miss Cheney at all.

He was one of the architects of the Iraq War that ruined the GOP and conservatism from 2005-2008 or so. That directly led to the Dems winning Congress in 2006 and to Pelosi and Reid. And then directly led to Obama in 2008.

He didn’t exactly do a bang up job in Afghanistan, either.

He was VP during the worst recession in 75 years when the country lost 3 million jobs in an election year including 1 million in the 2 months before the election and handed the WH to Obama. Not to mention the market losing 20% or so of its total value between labor day and election day.

He played a major role in W having the 25% approval rating he did in the fall of 2008 that let Obama waltz right in to office.

He also played a major role in the selection of John Roberts for Chief Justice which turned out to be a total disaster and yet another in the line of conservative Court betrayals by the Bush family.

Which part of Bush’s Freedom Agenda does Romney approve of? Was it Bush, Rice and the rest insisting Hamas participate in the 2006 elections? Then doing nothing as Hamas took ovre Gaza. Does Romney approve of that?

Was it doing nothing to Iran over W’s 2nd term?

Go right ahead, Mitt, run on the Bush/Cheney foreign policy record, that’s the ticket. Landslide here we come.

Romney isn’t building any strengh in foreign policy. In point of fact he has no real foreign policy experience. He doesn’t even have any military experience to fall back on. Foreign Policy is the one area where Obama consistently leads Romney.

And Cheney says Romney’s the guy he wants in the Oval Office making military and life or death decisions?

Romney? The guy who is on record as saying Islam has nothing to do with terrorism and is a totally separate issue.

Romney? A man who never served yet went to France during Vietnam(who is on record as saying that despite that he longed to serve in Vietnam, somehow he just was never able to make it). Whose children never served(althouhg Romney tried to say that they were serving the country by working for him). Whose immediate family never served.

Can you imagine if there was a dem nominee who spent 2 years in France during Vietnam? How much conservatives and the GOP would be eviscerating him?

Say what you will about Obama, at least his grandfather served. At least Biden’s son enlisted and served. W served in the TANG. Dole, Bush41, Reagan, Ford, Nixon, Godlwater, Ike all served. McCain served. Both McCain’s and Palin’s children served. At least they had some skin in the game.

Now, for the first time in who knows how long we have a GOP nominee with 0 military service. And likely a VP as as well. And likely that none of their children served either.

No, I don’t miss Cheney at all. And if Romney actually thinks running on the Bush/Cheney foreign policy record is a good idea he’s even dumber than I thought

    Romney isn’t building any strengh in foreign policy. In point of fact he has no real foreign policy experience. He doesn’t even have any military experience to fall back on. Foreign Policy is the one area where Obama consistently leads Romney.

    Foreign policy expertise from B Hussein Obama and his regime?! Whatever narcotics you are on please pass them down my back is killing me. Obama has a functional idiot for his Secretary of State who is laughed at on one end of the globe and shot the bird at in another. In three and a half years we have gotten the Muslim Brotherhood in charge of Libya, Iran’s growing influence in Iraq, Iran building nukes we’re paying for because this economic illeterate won’t let us drill our own oil, Afganistan is about to collapse and he is about to sell the US out to the Russians as China is building up it’s navy, not only threatening Taiwan but our forces. To add to that Egypt is now under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood and is threatening to pull out of the Camp David Accords, leaving Israel to worry about it’s western flank for the first time in over 30 years.

    I don’t argue Romney is not a great choice but comported to the man-child in the Oval Office now the kid from the e-Trade commercial is FDR, TR and Lincoln combined.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to holmes tuttle. | July 15, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    From a British POV -Obama’s grandfathers tend to cancel each other out.

    Thanks & no thanks.

JackRussellTerrierist | July 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I miss Dick Cheney, too.

That said, Romney will make a mistake if he chooses Rice. Big mistake. But that would not be a surprise.

I don’t miss anyone from the Bush administration. Are you crazy?
And CR does not want the job as Romney’s VP.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to wodiej. | July 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    If it’s true she doesn’t want the job, thank God. I’m glad.

    It’s not that I don’t like her. I do. But Candidate Oromneycare needs a conservative.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to wodiej. | July 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    One other thing…..considering somebody who is willing to announce that no way would they take the nomination is just plain stupid politics. Really, really stupid. Being rejected/turned down makes Romney look weak.

BannedbytheGuardian | July 15, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Wyoming is a beautiful place . i hope he enjoys retirement .

However I think it was a mistake to let a man with extreme heart malfunctions to be in charge of crucial decisions on that scale..

The quality &/or quantity of blood getting to his brain was diminished. That 18 months after being VP he was on an artificial heart is the final evidence.

BannedbytheGuardian | July 15, 2012 at 11:47 pm

i think the British would like to have had Mitt as CEO & Haliburton as security .

dick – Lord Coe is calling !